Jura and Chablis

  • A mere 75 cases are made from this tiny .16 hectare parcel in les Clos, from 65 year old vines. This is STUNNING in its explosive palate coating mineral breadth and captivating Grand cru presence/length. It is not a mystery why les Clos is so very revered, with the proof being in the pudding. Put in your best request, and I will see what I can do. To get a smokin' rendition of les Clos at this type of price tag is not an opportunity to miss.....Once again, this is not listed in the export pricelist, this is being shared out of friendship and respect!!
  • This is fantastically complex, from an indent in the rolling hillside that looks like it was hit by a large wooden mallet, or mailloche in French. In stock.
  • From a blend of 6 vineyards selected to highlight limestone dominant soils. In aroma and flavor, the mineral explosiveness is even more evident, and the wine more finessed/svelte in texture. Stéphane's assemblage of limestone dominant soils knows as les Graviers has had an ever growing fan club since being featured regularly on the tasting menu at the world renowned culinary mecca le Bernardin of NYC. In the 2015 rendition, its signature stony limestone punch is met with ripe citrus and concentration of the vintage's warmth, the dynamic between the richness and mineral cut proving complete and satisfying. This is a great everyday stony white burgundy house wine candidate and then some. Joel Payne of Vinous review: "Bright yellow. Nutty aromas of lemon zest, honeysuckle and jasmine. A touch overripe due to the small crop, this Chardonnay is sweet and tactile, with just enough acidity to lift its white peach and saline flavors. Les Gravières is not from gravelly soils as the name suggests but is a selection from chalky sites. Tissot says the 2013 did not turn out as he wanted, but I’d drink this any day. Finishes with a subtly long, slightly dusty aftertaste." 92+ points THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2013, NOT THE 2015 OFFERED HERE
  • My pet favorite (and priced so in Tissot's own pricelist hierarchy of Chardonnays) of the "1er crus", la Mailloche (the Mallet) comes from an indentation/impression in the earth as though a giant had whacked it with a hammer. It possesses all of the Jura Chardonnay food groups: fruit, spice, intense dry extract/minerality, florals in a crazy complete and harmonious package. The solar nature of 2015 combined with this wine's intense minerality and layered complexity is why this is one to get all that you can justify, as usual....Stéphane had a presentation in Paris a few days later and chose this as the wine to bring to "showcase" the new releases. It has a sense of class and cool precision that is self evidently blow away good. I say it all the time, but people don't seem to hear me.....eventually, once you taste this bottling (from any vintage), you will....A little * awarded here.
  • The Bruyères '15 was still in barrel, and in separate component parts. The Vieilles Vignes portion of this black clayed, Triassic era vineyard was mind blowing good. My note: "WOW. Soooo complete and complex between fruit richness and minerality. F'in crazy tasty." The young vines portion was planted in 2004 on échalas, the single pole trellising à la Côte Rôtie (and the Clos du Curon). It was of the same profile as the VV portion, but not quite as deep in dry extract. The blend between the two will be fantastic, I have no doubt.....the blend is roughly 50/50, with 10 barrels of VV, and 11 barrels of young vines (525 cases). Joel Payne of Vinous review: "Reductive aromas of white peach, lime and mint. At once sweet and cool on the palate, and a touch rustic in the style of Chardonnay grown on the clay soils of the Triassic. The very old vines, however, provide Les Bruyères with sappy extract, harboring flavors of grapefruit and menthol. Finishes chewy but, according to Tissot, without the minerality this bottling normally displays. That said, the 2013 is an excellent wine with a very spicy aftertaste." 91 Joel Payne of Vinous for the 2013, NOT THE 2015 OFFERED HERE.
  • Stéphane asked me what Grand cru white Burgundies I work with. I told him that I think of this wine as perhaps the best Grand cru white Burgundy that I work with, as I find its sense of implosive dry extract absolutely remarkable, as compelling of a Chardonnay wine grown on limestone as anything i've encountered. In my not so humble opinion, it clearly deserves a place on the world stage as one of the greatest white wines of the world. Just three barrels made in '16 (75 cases) made, I get 2 of the 3 cases that are coming to America. Again, in the solar '15, in spite of its power/richness, this wine is positively weightless and imploded with limestone driven minerality, its purity is absolutely crystalline. This is a long distance runner of a wine, all about its tightly coiled limestone driven power that could stand to be carafed for several hours prior to being served young. A little * awarded here.
  • From the lime rich clay soils of Chateau Chalon, the Sursis '15 is off the charts in its sense of minerality, sooo intense in dry extract, with midweight citric fruited fleshiness. You can really see why this area's Vin Jaune wines are the terroir class of the Jura. There are very very few Chardonnay wines made on these soils, which is why the name Sursis, like a suspended sentence, is so very appropriate. This is seriously seriously good. 6 barrels (150cases) made.
  • For the first time since 2012, there is an En Barbaron blanc, which was great news to me! I loved the 2012, so when I tasted the signature smoky/flinty spicyness and moderate weight of this 2015, I asked if we can include it as well......1 of the 7 barrels made (175 cases) was new.
  • From the clay dominant soils of the En Barbaron parcel, with some whole cluster, bottled without sulfur, 6 barrels made (only one barrel new). This wine was plain stunning, toute en finesse, spices, medium dark red fruits, and delicacy. It is hands down the best Pinot Noir I have tasted from Stéphane, and he is saving a few cases for me, not sure how much he can spare, but.....get some, and thank me later.....
  • Genetic diversity and heritage lover that he is, Stéphane has started culling out the pink skinned unique mutation of Chardonnay known as Chardonnay Rose that is planted in the following parcels: Clos du Curon, Corvées sur Curon, les Bruyères, and la Mailloche. It has a unique and intensely floral aromatic range that is indeed distinct and captivating. There are only going to be three boxes for the entire USA, as there were only two barrels made (50 cases). And two of 'em are headed my way....!
  • My pet favorite (and priced so in Tissot's own pricelist hierarchy of Chardonnays) of the "1er crus", la Mailloche (the Mallet) comes from an indentation/impression in the earth as though a giant had whacked it with a hammer. It possesses all of the Jura Chardonnay food groups: fruit, spice, intense dry extract/minerality, florals in a crazy complete and harmonious package. The solar nature of 2015 combined with this wine's intense minerality and layered complexity is why this is one to get all that you can justify, as usual....Stéphane had a presentation in Paris a few days later and chose this as the wine to bring to "showcase" the new releases. It has a sense of class and cool precision that is self evidently blow away good. I say it all the time, but people don't seem to hear me.....eventually, once you taste this bottling (from any vintage), you will....A little * awarded here.
  • This is as compellingly, gulpably delicious a Jura red wine as exists, with a freshtacular purity of light black fruited produce that is plain brilliant. In '16, it is 20% Pinot Noir (with some whole cluster), 40% Trousseau, and 40% Poulsard, the latter two being the signature "indigenous" red varietals of the Jura. It is macerated for three months!, aged in large neutral foudre, and bottled in March, without sulfur. I have been trying to get some of this since tasting it on my first visit years ago, tasting it directly off of the bottling line with my eyes bulging out of my head as a result....this 2016 is once again bonkers tasty, with full phenolic ripeness, undeniable purity of tiny red fruits and spice, and sits at a moderate 13ish% alcohol. This is a value hound's delight, as it will prove crazy deliciously useful for any occasion you wish, a love love love Bistro wine extraordinaire.....last year, several people came back asking for more to find the cupboard bare......go for it, squeaky passionate wheel getting its grease.... Mags anyone? :0